BCS playoff plan rejected

The Baltimore Sun

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Even a four-game playoff scenario was too much for the Bowl Championship Series.

BCS officials rejected a plan yesterday to turn the much-criticized system for deciding a national champion into a four-team playoff, starting in the 2010 season.

The BCS format will remain the same until at least the 2014 season.

"After a very thorough, very good discussion among the group, we have decided that because we feel at this time the BCS is in an unprecedented state of health, we feel it's never been healthier during its first decade, we have made a decision to move forward in the next cycle with the current format," Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford said.

During five hours of meetings with the other conference commissioners, Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive presented a plan for a plus-one format, matching the No. 1 team in the nation against No. 4 and No. 2 versus No. 3 in the marquee bowl games. The winners would meet about a week later in the BCS title game.

In the end, only the SEC and ACC wanted to even continue the discussion of the plus-one.

No vote was taken, the commissioners said, but the leaders of the Big East, Big 12, Pacific-10 and Big Ten made it clear they did not want to move the BCS toward a playoff in any way.

Any change would've needed approval by university presidents.

In the current BCS format, the top two teams in the BCS standings - which use polls and computer ratings to grade teams - after the regular season are matched in the BCS national title game.

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